Detroit Blog: Team Leader Veronica on the theme “Voices that Challenge”

May 24, 2011

Themes are important. Whatever you give a name to has power, and that name or theme carries power. When General Motors introduced the Chevy Nova in South America, it was apparently unaware that in Spanish, “no va” means “it won’t go.” After the company figured out why it wasn’t selling any cars, it renamed the car in its Spanish markets to the Caribe. So you see why picking a theme for a servant trip would be considered an important duty. In Detroit today, citizens are working together and struggling to bring the city to justice, peace and prosperity. It’s a major challenge, and the city needs for its citizens to have a voice and work together. The Bible presents us and the citizens of Detroit with scriptures that speak to justice, peace and prosperity. Amos 5:24 says, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (NIV) Let’s also look to Jeremiah 22:3 ” This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” (NIV) Prophets throughout history have given us a glimpse of what God wants us to do regarding peace and justice. But all we need to do is look to Jesus to lead us in a way that will bring this peace and justice to all humanity. If it seems like a big job, it is! But we all have to start somewhere, right?